Outward journey: Yangon – Mandalay – Myitkyina – Bhamo (2 days)
Amara River Cruise: Bhamo – Mandalay (7 days, 6 nights)
Options for your outward journey to Bhamo:
1st journey-day: Flight Yangon – Mandalay – Myitkyina
Flight from Yangon via Mandalay to Myitkyina. Transfer and overnight stay in a simple hotel.
2nd journey-day: Myitkyina – Bhamo
By car: We have some (mostly fairly old) minibuses and cars available that set off early in the morning and take you to Bhamo in six to nine hours on partly poor quality roads.
By speed-boat: : A simple local boat sets off early in the morning to take you to Bhamo in six to nine hours without stops. On your way you he boat will go through a spectacular landscape, passing through the impressive rapids of the “first Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) gorge”, which is the highlight of this journey option.
Included: flight with a private airline; hotel transfer and breakfast; car or boat journey.
Not included: lunch or dinner; guide.
Price: on request.
Now your Amara River Cruise can begin!
Itinerary: Bhamo – Mandalay 7 days, 6 nights
Day 1: Bhamo
After your arrival in the afternoon, you can start the peaceful first part of your cruise in style with a welcome drink on board the Amara. The Amara will anchor near Bhamo for the night.
Day 2: Bhamo – Shwegu
The Amara will begin its journey at 8am down the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy). After a beautiful fertile plain, the boat will pass through the “second Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) gorge”, the highlight of the five-hour journey. The gorge is impressive thanks to its banks, covered by rainforest and spectacular 300m high rock face. Arriving in Shwegu, you will be amazed by the 2700 overgrown pagodas of Kyundaw. In the afternoon you can explore the town, which has a little known history, and its pagodas, as the Amara will anchor at the foot of the pagodas for the night.
Day 3: Shwegu – Kathar
On your third day you will arrive in the trade town Kathar in the early afternoon. On the colourful market you can spend the two hour stop observing the goods trade for North Myanmar and the freight ships heading to Mandalay on the river. Kathar is also characterised by its historically interesting aspects – its beautiful colonial buildings and its more than 100 year old saman trees.
Day 4: Kathar – Tagaung
The Amara will continue its journey in the morning, landing in Tagaung, one of the oldest capitals of Myanmar. In a small private museum you can explore, through a vivid presentation of archaeological relics, the history of this kingdom, which was founded by Tibetan immigrants in pre-Christian times. The town’s present-day culture can be observed on the very colourful market. Conclude the day with a relaxing evening on the Amara, anchored to the south of Tagaung.
Day 5: Tagaung – Kyaukmyaung
After breakfast the Amara will set off for Kyaukmyaung, passing through the “third Ayeyarwady gorge”, where you can see teak forest and small villages on the banks. You will stop to visit some of them. A further exciting excursion on your fifth day is to an island pagoda, which is a popular destination for riverboat pilgrims. Further down the river you may well be lucky enough to spot the famous Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) dolphins. In the afternoon you will arrive in Kyaukmyaung, where you can view the traditional clay pottery crafted in the many pottery ovens. After this eventful day you will spend the night on the Amara slightly further downriver.
Day 6: Kyaukmyaung – Mingun
On the way to Mingun you will pass through the impressive marble quarry of Sagyn. In Mingun you can view the biggest bell in the world, as well as the ruin of Myanmar’s largest unfinished pagoda. From here you can enjoy the spectacular sunset panorama on the river.
Day 7: Mingun – Mandalay
On the morning of your last day the Amara will arrive at its final destination, Mandalay Harbour. Your remarkable journey will come to an end here. Check-out is at 8am.
Included: boat trip; full accommodation including breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as all non-alcoholic drinks; English-speaking guide on location; all excursions on land.
Not included: alcoholic drinks and individual laundry service.
Price for boat trip Bhamo to Mandalay on the AMARA I: on request
Price for boat trip Bhamo to Mandalay on the AMARA II: on request
More information about the Amara Cruises you can find here.